Before the international break, Bournemouth arguably got one of the best results of the season so far, resoundingly beating an impressive Watford side (albeit they were awful on the day) 4-0. The speed of the attacks and the fluidity that they played with was what caused the Hornets serious problems and led to them shipping four goals.
This time out it’s the “it’s not a derby” Derby against an out of form Southampton side who will be looking to end their three game losing run when they make the short trip down the South Coast to Dorset on Saturday afternoon. Unlike their South Coast neighbours the Saints haven’t been able to share the same luxury in starting the season off in an impressive fashion with their only win to date coming away to a Zaha-less Crystal Palace at the start of September. A significant reason behind this is likely to be their shaky defence and in particular Wesley Hoedt who on numerous occasions has been susceptible to an error leading to an opposition goal but Mark Hughes is still adamant on picking the Dutch defender.
Opposition player to watch out for – Danny Ings
Along with Nathan Redmond, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Mario Lemina, Ings has been the bright spark in what has been a disappointing start to the campaign for the Saints. Returning to his first club on Saturday he’ll be looking to add to his three goals so far this season.
Bournemouth – The only doubt for The Cherries is Ryan Fraser who missed Scotland’s game in the recent international break down to a hamstring injury so it’ll be interesting to see if he’s ready for Saturday.
Likely Line up – Asmir Begovic; Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake, Adam Smith; David Brooks, Lewis Cook, Jefferson Lerma, Ryan Fraser (Junior Stanislas); Callum Wilson, Josh King
Southampton – At the moment it is looking like a clean bill of health for The Saints however changes are likely to be made after a three game losing run.
Likely Line up – Alex McCarthy; Cedric Soares, Wesley Hoedt, Maya Yoshida, Ryan Bertrand; Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg, Mario Lemina, Oriol Romeu, Nathan Redmond; Danny Ings, Charlie Austin
Score Prediction – Bournemouth 2-1 Southampton
With one South Coast side going into this contest full of confidence and the other not so much, this is likely to have a significant impact on the outcome of the game and I expect the Cherries to record a third straight win.